Farmington Valley YMCA

Kids & Teens Swim & Aquatics Classes Offered at Farmington Valley YMCA

Certifications & Training

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Red Cross Lifeguard Training (Ages 15 & up)

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Training provides the skills, knowledge, and professional development necessary to keep aquatic facility users safe in and around the water. Those completing the course will be certified. CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid/AED, and administering emergency oxygen are included in the training. Contact us for all prerequisites needed.
 
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Red Cross Lifeguarding Waterfront Module

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The purpose of the Waterfront Skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in nonsurf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. 
 
 

Parent/Child Aquatic Lessons (6 months - 3 years)

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Parent and Child/ Water Discovery

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Parent Child/Water Discovery: Children, 6 months to 3 years, will enjoy the many water-readiness activities provided by our YMCA aquatics instructors. This is one of the most important skills every child should master - feeling safe in the water. Children progress from water adjustment to basic skills while working with parents. One adult must be in the water with their child at all times. 

 
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Parent and Child/Water Exploration

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Parent Child/Water Exploration: This class, designed for children ages 2 to 3, adapts basic swimming skills to your child's developmental level including, body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatics skills.  One adult must be in the water with their child for a portion of the class.

 
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Parent/Child Swim Lessons (6 months - 3 year)

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Children, 6 months to 3 years will enjoy the many water-readiness activities provided by our YMCA aquatics instructors. This is one of the most important skills every child should master—feeling safe in the water. Children progress from water adjustment to basic skills while working with parents. One adult must be in the water with their child at all times. Ratio is 10:1.
 
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Perch (Ages 2 – 3)

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This class, designed for children ages 2 to 3, adapts swimming skills to your child’s developmental level. Participants will progress from water adjustment to basic swimming skills, both with the instructor and with a parent.  One adult must be in the water with their child for a portion of the class. Ratio is 6:1.
 
 

Swim Lessons (Ages 3 - 5 years)

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1. Pike / Pike 2 (Ages 3-5)

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This class is designed for children ages 3 to 5 years.  The child will concentrate on becoming more comfortable in the water, getting their face wet, blowing bubbles, floating on their fronts and backs with assistance, and working with lesson equipment independently.
 
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2. Eel (Ages 3-5)

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This level is for children ages 3 to 5 who are now swimming more independently minimizing the use of the waist support. The child can get their face wet, kick independently, floats on front and back comfortably with or without assistance. Continues to improve on glides, arm movements, kicking, and safety in and around water.
 
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3. Ray (Ages 3-5)

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This level is for the child who can swim without a waist support and is comfortable on their front and back in deep water with and without equipment. Performs rhythmic breathing, floats on their back, and can transition from a back float to a front position to swim the width of the pool.
 
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4. Starfish (Ages 3-5)

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This level is for the child who can swim front crawl, back crawl and on their side. The swimmer should demonstrate endurance and comfort in the water. They will refine their diving and safety skills.
 
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Stroke Introduction (Level 4)

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all the major competitive strokes are introduced.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim front crawl 15yds while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15yds, (4) able to jump in and tread water for 30 seconds, (5) able to swim to wall and exit.

 
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Water Acclimation (Level 1)

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Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications- None

 
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Water Movement (Level 2)

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In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of fall into a body of water

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front and back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool,  submerge and return to the wall with assistance.

 
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Water Stamina (Level 3)

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In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances.  In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to float on front and back unassisted, (2) able to push off wall on stomach with face submerged for 10ft unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15ft unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

 
 

Swim Lessons - Semi-Private & Private

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Private Swim Lessons

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Private lessons allow for accelerated learning due to the one-on-one student-to-teacher ratio.
 
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Semi-Private Swim Lessons

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This class is meant for 2 - 4 participants of similar skill level and age. Perfect for siblings or friends who want to learn together.
 
 

Swim Lessons – Kids to Teens (Ages 6 years and up)

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1. Polliwog (Ages 6 & Up)

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Instructional swimming without a waist support. This class is designed for the beginner swimmer who will swim in shallow and deep water with emphasis on endurance, back and front float, flutter kick, paddle stroke, and personal water safety.
 
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2. Guppy (Ages 6 & Up)

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This class is designed for the swimmer who has learned front crawl with rotary breathing and can switch from their front to their back (back float) while swimming 25 yards. Emphasis will be on front crawl, back strokes, side swimming, kneeling dives, endurance, and personal water safety.
 
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3. Minnow (Ages 6 & Up)

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This class is designed for the swimmer who can swim 25 yards of front crawl with rotary breathing and backstroke. Minnows will work on their personal safety skills, and increasing endurance with front crawl, rotary breathing and back stroke. This level introduces sidestroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and standing dives.
 
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4. Fish (Ages 6 & Up)

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This class is designed for the swimmer who can swim 50 yards of the front crawl stroke, back crawl stroke, sidestroke and elementary backstroke. The Fish will work on increasing endurance, fundamentals of all strokes along with underwater swimming, and personal safety skills. Introduces the dolphin kick for the butterfly stroke.
 
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5. Flying Fish (Ages 6 & Up)

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This class is designed for the swimmer who can complete 100 yards of front crawl stroke and back crawl stroke, 50 yards of breaststroke, and 50 yards of elementary backstroke. The class will review front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke. Introduces dolphin kick and butterfly, while developing individual medley skills, starts, and turns.
 
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6. Shark (Ages 6 & Up)

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Swimmer must be able to complete a 200 yard individual medley. Swimmer will learn lifesaving strokes, competitive strokes and will review all swim skills; including further development of butterfly stroke.
 
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Stroke Development (Level 5)

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all the major swim strokes are introduced.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to front crawl and back crawl 25yds, (2) able to swim breaststroke kick and dolphin kick 15yds, (3) able to tread water using multiple kicks for 1 minute.

 
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Stroke Introduction (Level 4)

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In this class, children continue to work on their swimming stroke technique and all the major competitive strokes are introduced.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water, (2) able to swim front crawl 15yds while taking a breath, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15yds, (4) able to jump in and tread water for 30 seconds, (5) able to swim to wall and exit.

 
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Water Acclimation (Level 1)

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Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Qualifications- None

 
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Water Movement (Level 2)

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In this class, children are taught skills that focus on buoyancy and movement in the water while also learning how to safely exit in the event of fall into a body of water.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to go underwater and comfortably open eyes without goggles, (2) able to float on front and back with minimal assistance, (3) able to jump in the pool,  submerge and return to the wall with assistance.

 
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Water Stamina (Level 3)

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In this class, children focus on swimming longer distances.  In the event of falling into a body of water, children learn how to swim to safety.

Qualifications to be in this level: (1) able to float on front and back unassisted, (2) able to push off wall on stomach with face submerged for 10ft unassisted, (3) able to Swim-Float-Swim 15ft unassisted, (4) able to jump into deep water and return to the wall unassisted.

 
 
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